A typical police cadet spends 58 training hours on how to use a gun and 49 hours on defensive tactics. They only spend about 8 hours learning how to calm situations before force is needed – what is called de-escalation.

Police officers are supposed to serve and protect the communities they work in. So why aren’t they mandated to use practices that ensure safety and prevent escalation and police brutality?

It’s time to end the culture of warrior policing.It’s time to stop the tragic killings of Black Americans by police officers. It’s time to change policing culture and practices – to protect us ALL equally.

Right now there’s a bill in Congress, the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016, that aims to do exactly that.

If passed, the Preventing Tragedies bill would require officers to use non-lethal and de-escalation tactics and use the lowest level of force possible – the safest means – to deal with an identified threat. The bill also outlines accountability mechanisms to enable states and localities to make sure police officers use these tactics whenever possible.

In the wake of the tragic killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers, we must consider just how broken policing practices are in America – and act to prevent more deaths.

Call for justice and demand that Congress pass the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016.